Baumer Conversations, Sean Canty with Ashley Bigham

As part of the Autumn 2020 Baumer Lecture Series, Sean Canty will give a short talk followed by a conversation with Knowlton faculty Ashley Bigham.


Nov 18, 2020



United States


The talk will cover recent projects and research, around form and domesticity. The work joins discrete geometric shapes, materials, and programs to invite closer readings of familiar spaces. By articulating these combinations in different levels of resolution, each project aims to shape new architectural types and formal compositions. The work of the studio materializes at a variety of scales—from objects to interiors—and explores a range of programs—from domestic environments to cultural spaces.

Sean Canty founded Studio SC in 2017. Canty is a Designer and Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he teaches architectural design in the Core Design Studios. Prior to joining the faculty at the GSD, Canty held teaching positions at the Cooper Union, University California Berkeley, and California College of the Arts. In addition to architectural design, Canty has taught classes on descriptive geometry and design media. Canty is one of the founding principals of Office III (OIII), an experimental architectural collective that spans New York, San Francisco, and Cambridge. Selected as a finalist for the 2016 MoMA PS1 Young Architects competition, OIII has completed a Welcome Center for Governors Island and exhibited work at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Prior to founding these studios, Canty was a Project Designer at IwamotoScott Architecture in San Francisco. With IwamotoScott, he led commercial projects for clients including Pinterest, Bloomberg, and HeavyBit and oversaw residential projects including the Goto House and Noe Valley Residence. Canty received an M.Arch from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a B.Arch from California College of the Arts.